How States and Territories Prepare to Support Special Populations in Emergencies and Disasters

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 requires Lead Agencies to develop state- and territory-wide child care disaster plans. These plans must demonstrate how each state and territory will address the needs of children—including the need for safe child care—before, during, and after a major disaster or emergency, including a state of emergency declared by the governor. The plan must include provisions related to health and safety requirements for all providers who receive payment from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and requires considerations for special populations.

This brief is part of the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (EPRR) discussion brief series and explores the following best practices inclusive of children in special populations:

  1. Knowing which children will require modifications or additional assistance during an emergency situation.
  2. Working with families to identify the accommodations these children will need and preparing an individualized care plan that includes ways to help each child cope with and respond in emergency situations.
  3. Identifying resources within the community that may be helpful in planning and response.
  4. Keeping families informed of emergency plans and keeping emergency documents up to date.
  5. Including local responders in emergency planning and informing them of special accommodations needed.

Return to the CCDF Disaster Plan Response Page

Publication Date: 
September 20, 2017
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